Ode to October

On this last day of September, I have a lot of thoughts as the midterm heads into its final weeks. Here in North Carolina, the Senate race should be getting far more attention than it is. Nationally, after Democrats won the summer, Republicans’ fortunes improve...
Trump and the N-word, part 2: Nobody cares

Trump and the N-word, part 2: Nobody cares

Yesterday, I wrote a piece about Donald Trump baiting his base to yell racial slurs in public. I pointed out that Trump knew the press wouldn’t cover it. Several commenters on the blog asked why. I realized that I missed the biggest punch line of the story: Nobody...

Trump and the N-word

Trump and the N-word

Donald Trump came to North Carolina this weekend to campaign for Ted Budd and other candidates. Of course, much of the event was Trump airing his grievances and touting his victimhood because it’s always all about Donald. Still, the stage was full of Trump sycophants,...

A good week for democracy and the rule of law

A good week for democracy and the rule of law

Photo by Evan Vucci/AP/Shutterstock There’s no shortage of reasons to feel that our democracy is in peril. A substantial portion of the population seems to believe that our system of government is unable to cope with the pressures placed on it by changing cultural...

Tribalism and fundamentals at work

Tribalism and fundamentals at work

For years, I used to tell people who said, “Well, I vote for the person not the party,” that once that person is elected, they vote with party in Congress or the state legislature. Now, that message has clearly sunk in and while I might have been right, I wish I...

Ted Budd is a threat to democracy

Ted Budd is a threat to democracy

So Ted Budd refuses to commit to accepting the election results in November. When asked why, his campaign manager “claimed without evidence that Cheri Beasley, the Democratic nominee and a former State Supreme Court justice, might try to disenfranchise voters,”...

Dark fantasies

Dark fantasies

Every so often, an event captures the imagination of conservatives that lays bare how deeply bigotry is ingrained in the movement. This month, it’s been mermaids and Hobbits. When Amazon Prime introduced Black actors playing Hobbits, conservatives screamed,...

Deep state Lindsey Graham?

Deep state Lindsey Graham?

Yesterday, Lindsey Graham announced that he is introducing a bill to ban abortion across the country after 15 weeks. He took Republicans by surprise as many GOP candidates are trying to downplay the issue in their races. Candidates in swing states immediately...

Misreading history

Misreading history

As I mentioned in a blog post last week, the John Locke Foundation is making a movie. It’s a love story set in Wilmington at the time of the 1898 massacre and coup. According to Amy O. Cooke, CEO of the JLF, “One group not thrilled with our project is the...

Telling the Truth on the GOP

Telling the Truth on the GOP

After Joe Biden’s speech in Philadelphia last week, Republicans screamed, probably a bit too loudly. They were outraged, calling Biden “divisive” and accusing him of “pitting his fellow Americans against each other.”  They had never heard a President of the United...

The starting bell

The starting bell

Happy Labor Day! It’s that time of year to remember that if you enjoy the weekend, thank the labor movement. If you believe in the 40-hour work week and overtime pay, thank the labor movement. If you are glad we have child labor laws, thank the labor movement. If you...

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